Sara Cockerham Bell Lucas passed away on September 7, 2011 in Boone, North Carolina. She was born in Elkin, North Carolina on November 25, 1923, daughter of A.C. and Virginia Cockerham. Sara was vivacious woman who enjoyed life to its fullest. She loved to travel and adored her family. She was also somewhat ahead of her time in terms of employment. She worked during World War II in an airplane plant in Baltimore, Maryland as a “Rosie the Riveter”. Later while her first husband, Lester Bell, was overseas, she trained as a nurse. She spent fourteen years as a nurse for Dr. Spencer Bell in Hamptonville, NC. When he no longer practiced medicine, she was briefly a Post Mistress for the Hamptonville, NC, Post Office, and then worked in the Emergency Room at Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville. She trained in Electroencephalography at Bowman Gray School of Medicine and worked in the Neurology Department there for 8 years. Following this, she opened the EEG Lab at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, NC. During this period, she followed her dream and opened her own business, Neuro Medical Labs, bringing EEG Service to the small mountain hospitals in western North Carolina. It was for this work that she was nominated as one of the Oustanding North Carolina Women of the Year in 1985.
She retired to her home in Land Harbors, Linville, NC in 1990, and enjoyed playing golf and attending the Saturday night dances and other events, until health issues kept her from participating.
She is survived by one daughter, Nan Bell Bowles, and her husband Ed, of Jamestown, NC, two adored grandchildren, Heather Bowles Epps, and her husband, Benjamin, of Santa Monica, California and Brad Edward Bowles of Raleigh, North Carolina. Other survivors include her sister Marguerite Johnson and her husband Roy of Winston-Salem, NC and a brother, AC Cockerham and his wife Shirley of Fort Worth, Texas.
The family would like to thank Glenbridge Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care of Sara during the last 20 months. Donations in Sara’s memory may be sent to her favorite charity, Crossnore School, INC., PO Box 249, Crossnore, NC 28616. Sara was inspired by the work of Dr. Mary Martin Sloop who founded Crossnore School, and in whose hospital Sara felt privileged to administer to patients through her business, Neuro-Medical Laboratory. In keeping with her wishes, Sara’s remains will be cremated and her ashes scattered to the winds in her beloved mountains. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10th at 2:00 PM at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland, North Carolina.